The USA Affiliate
of the
International Play Association

 

 

 

 

 

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Position Statement from National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education

Where Did Recess Go?
"Because play is awesome. Play is joy. Play is creativity. Play is hope."

A Tug Of War Over Length Of Grade-School Recess
By MARYELLEN FILLO Courant Staff Writer February 12, 2003 
In Hartland, elementary school students gleefully enjoy 25 minutes a day of noontime recess, supplemented with another 30 to 40 minutes of ungraded "activity time," all aimed at giving them a much-needed break from their books. About 50 miles away, students in New Britain have less than half that amount of free time, because that is all officials feel can be spared from an increasingly demanding academic day.

Play is a Learning Experience
By Gwenne Culpepper UNI News Service - The Topeka Capital-Journal
The value of recess in elementary education programs is a topic often debated in an era when schools are being called upon to provide instruction on an increasing number of topics. A longtime elementary principal at the University of Northern Iowa's Price Laboratory School says he "would come down on the side in favor of recess, but it's not an argument in isolation."

On the Elimination of Recess
Education Week

All Work, No Play At School
Christian Science Monitor

Should Schools End Recess?
Education World

The Value of School Recess and Outdoor Play